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Story last updated at 8:18 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

You gotta love Homer. Not a week goes by that something doesn't appear in the pages of the Homer News that spotlights neighbors helping neighbors. OK, we all know about that, we may have even felt good by being on the giving end.


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Summer launch

Michael McBride launches his Piper PA12 in Beluga Lake in a brisk west wind Tuesday. The plane was built in 1946 and rebuilt in Homer about 5 years ago. McBride uses it for his business, Kachemak Wilderness Lodge, and for environmental monitoring missions with the organization Lighthawk, Volunteer Pilots Flying for Conservation.

But until you're on the receiving end of Homer's spontaneous generosity, it's really hard to fathom. Since the Homer News announced not long ago that it was canceling this year's Spit Run, a 30-plus-year community tradition, the Betster and other Newsies have been humbled and gratified by how people have stepped up to make sure the event happens. This line from an old Beatles' song keeps playing in our minds: "Oh I get by with a little help from my friends." Yes, indeed. We're convinced the event will be even better because of all that community support. So, runners and walkers, mark your calendars: June 25 with a start time of 10 a.m. and the usual route that begins at the Homer High School. More details will be available next week.

In the meantime, you can warm up for the event by taking part in some of these Best Bets:

BEST RUN FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE: Homer's version of the 2011 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run is Saturday. The 5K is a fund raiser for Special Olympics Alaska, and the primary fund raising event for the local chapter. Walkers, runners, joggers, strollers and roller bladers of all abilities are invited to meet at the base of the Spit to register at 9:30 a.m. with the run starting at 10 a.m.

BEST WAY TO WORK UP A SWEAT: Join the community work party at Karen Hornaday Park. Bring your shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and lots of elbow grease for this event, which will be from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

BEST COOL DOWN AND GET DIRTY BET: No, we're not talking about the Legislature here. It's the Mud Games at The Wallow at Cottonwood Horse Park. There will be face painting and pony rides, too. It's a fund raiser for the pony club from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

BEST SAVE YOUR ENERGY BET: Take part in the Homer Green Energy and Efficiency Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Several homes and businesses will share what they've done to lower their energy costs and help Planet Earth. The suggested route starts in the ReMax parking lot on Pioneer Avenue.

BEST JUST ENJOY BET: The Pier One Theater season opens Saturday with "Just Another High School Play," beginning at 7:30 p.m.

BEST IS A MILE SHORTER AT MIDNIGHT BET: You're invited to walk, run or crawl — just do it — and support the Homer High School track and field team in the process. Put a mile on the track and a donation in the bucket at midnight on the last day of school, which is Tuesday.